Jerry Paskowitz  

Spider Diner by Jerry Paskowitz

September 2021 - Spider Diner

About the Image(s)

Technical: Nikon D700, Nikkor AF 80-200 f/2.8D, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 640, 200mm, PP cropped, luminance smoothing and minor sharpening

This image was captured while hiking in Costa Rica a few years ago. I was fortunate to catch the sunlight refracting in the spider's web.

14 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Looks like you positioned yourself in just the right spot to capture that light. The light and focus are perfect for the web. And use of f/2.8 was another good idea...great depth of field! Good work.   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:28:53
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Paul, just a matter of right place/right time.   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:09:53

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I like you even captured the rainbow in the actual web. Great job.   Posted: 09/08/2021 17:39:04
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
It was very fortuitous. Thanks.   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:10:37

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Hi, Jerry, I often think that 50% of photography is NOTICING, 25% is SEEING, and the rest is craft. YOu did a great job on all three here.

The DpF and exposure are great. Okay, maybe some of the whites are blown out, but I don't think that detracts.

To my taste (only), I don't feel that the bottom quarter contributes much, and I find the right hand background distracting. I experimented with a 4x5 crop, but found I didn't care for the balance. I found I kinda like a 2x3 crop, though ...

You might also consider pulling your pblack point up a little bit. On the other hand, you might find it makes the background too prominent ...   Posted: 09/10/2021 08:17:23
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Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
There's nothing about the real world in this instance that would preclude rotating the image 180 degrees, so as to position the web in the place of honor ...   Posted: 09/10/2021 08:19:50
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Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Mark, the reason that I joined this group is to receive comments like yours! I am considering this image for a submission to the RPS and the rotation and cropping have made this much stronger. I did some some on the white "blob" to reduce the distraction. Thanks so much.   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:14:06

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I like Mark's crop and flip   Posted: 09/11/2021 22:12:37

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
As usual, I think you've done a great job Jerry. I like the simplicity of the composition which brings my attention right to the web. I think the focus on the web and the twig holding it is spot on and the blurred background works really well for me. I like the way the lighting allows for some of the moisture droplets to reflect different colors. And while I like what you have done, I also like the cropping and flipping that Mark has shown.   Posted: 09/12/2021 15:49:17
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Ed, all of the comments are positive and constructive.   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:15:05

Kelly Easler
Hello, Jerry! The light really does make the web pop! And with the shallow depth of field and no other distractions, the size remains a mystery. I'm glad others tested a good crop because it did seem like closing in on the web would make it that much more dramatic.   Posted: 09/13/2021 01:18:36
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks very much   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:17:23

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Nice image Jerry. I really like the chromatic diffraction of the light in the web and how it attracts the eye. I agree with Mark on the crop.   Posted: 09/19/2021 11:28:22
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Mark, whom I refer to as the Doctor of PP, has made great suggestions to improve the impact of this image. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 09/23/2021 11:16:39


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